MANILA— President Rodrigo Duterte’s government professed on Tuesday that social media giant is striking them with censorship in the Philipines as Facebook has taken down several propaganda networks in favor of the popular leaders and their wellwishers
A few days ago Facebook started a series of actions by removing different profiles and pages that were allegedly targeting Philipines for “coordinated inauthentic behavior”
Facebook last week removed pages, accounts, groups, and Instagram profiles which were allegedly targeting the Philippines for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” or betraying campaigns on the platform.
Calling the removed accounts as part of the government’s espousal, Harry Roque the Presidential Spokesperson told that as Facebook has not yet classified the removal of accounts as “fake news” therefore it can be considered as a form of censorship struck by Facebook.
Hindi issue ang fake news ngayon. Ang issue ngayon eh, anong epekto ng pagtatanggal ng pages na yan?” Roque said during a Palace press briefing.
(Fake news is not the issue now. The issue is, what is the effect of the removal of those pages?)
“The Philippine government submits it’s a form of censorship,” briefed Roque, a lawyer.
The President’s Spokesperson asked Facebook that why have they removed those accounts as plenty of those accounts were in the favor of the President
“Malinaw po ang Prsidente, kinakailangan pag-usapan ito at hindi po kinukunsinte ni Presidente ang censorship ng mga pro-government advocacies,” Roque said during a Palace press briefing.
(The President was clear, this has to be discussed and the President does not condone censorship of pro-government advocacies.)
“Ang punto dito bakit kapag pabor sa gobyerno tinatanggal? Kapag pabor sa oposisyon hindi tinatanggal?” he added.
(The point here is why do they remove pages that are in favor of the government? And they allow pages against the government?)
The removal of pages that were supporting the stance of the government from Facebook has now caught the attention of President Duterte, who has a wide fan base on the platform.
In a late-night public address on Monday, Duterte invited Facebook for a talk as he noted that the government allows the US-based social media platform to operate in the Philippines “hoping that you could help us also.”
“Now, if the government cannot espouse or advocate something which is for the good of the people, then what is your purpose here in my country?” the President said.
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